More details are emerging about the triple murder in Waterford, St Catherine Sunday, December 1. Dead are 74-year-old Pamela Russell, her daughter 48-year-old Shemellia Russell-Craig and her grandson 21-year-old Romario Craig, all of Clandon Road, Waterford, St. Catherine. Reports are that the gunmen who entered the house of the family about 9:20pm put the three on their knees and then shot them in the head. Three children who were in the house were not disturbed. Police say a high level investigation has commenced.
St James comes to St Ann
It is becoming clearer that Saturday night’s murder in the car park at Scotchies, Drax Hall, St Ann, arose out of issues from St James. The man shot dead at the popular eatery November 30, has been identified as Ricardo Brown of St James.
There are various reports that Brown was targeted by criminals from his community of Flanker, St James who had once been his friends. Police have in their custody a man, also from Flanker, who was injured in a car that they believe was involved in the murder of Brown.
Brown was shot dead at Scotchies, at Drax Hall, shortly after he alighted from a Porsche. Police said men drove up in a Toyota Axio and shot him dead. The getaway car crashed near Salem injuring three men. Two were pronounced dead at hospital.
Principal and Teacher of the Year
The Principal of Old Harbour High School, St Catherine and a teacher at Immaculate High School in St Andrew were crowned Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year respectively in the Lasco Ministry of Education 2019-2020 awards.
Linton Weir, Principal of Old Harbour High and Bahagya Malladi of Immaculate High were named winners at a ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, St Andrew, Monday, December 2. Head of LASCO, Lascelles Chin recommitted his company to the recognition of teachers as also nurses and police. The company leads in honouring educators, police and nurses each year.
After the fire
Several agencies were involved in a walkthrough of the front of the fire ravaged May Pen Market in, May Pen Clarendon Monday morning, December 2. Fire on Sunday destroyed some 40 stalls and damaged another 20. Most of the stalls had haberdashery items, clothes and shoes. A meeting at the Methodist church hall resulted in vendors stating some of their losses. There is an appeal by Lorraine Mason, president of the vendors association for space to be provided in the town for dozens of vendors to ply their wares. SSP Christopher Phillips in charge of Operations in Clarendon told the vendors they would not be allowed to vend on Main Street in such a way as to cause traffic congestion.
Get rid of those lights
Police island wide have launched a special initiative to remove illegal motor vehicle lights (lights that are not the specified colour under the Road Traffic Act (RTA), flashing lights and lights that are too bright and may affect or impede other motorists). They have also been removing banks of LED lights fitted on vehicles. Those when turned on have proved blinding to oncoming motorists.
During the nightly operations, which began on Monday, November 25, over 1000 tickets were issued and more than 500 motor vehicle plates were removed. In addition, several persons were arrested and vehicles seized, police said.